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BAP is a German rock group. With eleven albums reaching the number one in the German record charts, BAP is one of the most successful rock acts in their home country.

Nearly all of BAP's lyrics are written in Kölsch, the dialect of Cologne, or more precisely in a Kölsch-influenced derivation of Eifelplatt, a regional variant of the Ripuarian language spoken in the nearby rural Eifel. Niedecken's most prominent musical influences, especially early in his career, were Bob Dylan, the KinksBruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Wolfgang Ambros.


The group was founded in 1976 under the name Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP in CologneGermany by Wolfgang Niedecken and Hans Heres. In 1981, they released their most famous song "Verdamp lang her" (English:Damn long time ago), in which Niedecken describes regrets he has about his relationship with his then recently deceased father. The band's name "BAP" derived from "BAPP", both, a play-on-words on the Kölsch word "Papp" (related to the German word dad), but pronounced differently, and Niedecken's then-times nickname.

Niedecken translated a collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics to German for his 1995 solo album Leopardefell.

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Former members

Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP rockt andere kölsche Leeder (1979

Affjetaut (1980)

Für usszeschnigge! (1981)

Vun drinne noh drusse (1982)

Live - Bess demnähx... (1983)

Zwesche Salzjebäck un Bier (1984)

Ahl Männer, aalglatt (1986)

Da Capo (1988)

X für 'e U (1991)

...affrocke!! (1991) (Live)

Pik Sibbe (1993)

Wahnsinn - Die Hits von 79-95 (1995)

Amerika (1996)

Comics & Pin-Ups (1999)

Tonfilm (1999)

Aff un zo (2001)

Övverall (2002) (Live)

Sonx (2004)

Dreimal zehn Jahre (2005)

Radio Pandora - Unplugged (2008)

Radio Pandora - Plugged (2008)

Live und in Farbe (2009)

Halv su wild (2011)

Volles Programm (2011)

Niedeckens BAP: Das Märchen vom gezogenen Stecker - live (2014)

Niedeckens BAP: Lebenslänglich (2016)

Die beliebtesten Lieder 1976–2016 (2016) 

Niedeckens BAP: Live und deutlich (2018)

Wolfgang Niedecken - singer/guitar                (1976–present)

Werner Kopal - bass (1996–present)

Michael Nass - keyboards (1999–present)

Ulrich Rode – guitar (2014–present)

Rhani Krija – percussion (2014–present)

Sönke Reich – drums (2014–present)

Anne de Wolff – violin (2014–present)

"Afro" Bauermann - percussion (1976–1977)

Rainer Gulich - saxophone (19761977)

Hans Heres - guitar (1976-1980)

Klaus Hogrefe - bass (1976–1978)

Wolfgang Boecker - drums (1976–1983)

Manfred Boecker - percussion (1976–1995)

Wolfgang Klever - bass (1978-1980)

Bernd Odenthal - keyboards (1978-1980)

Fritz Kullmann - saxophone (1980)

"Steve Borg" (Stephan Kriegeskorte) - bass (1980–1995)

Klaus Heuser - guitar (1980–1999)

Hans Wollrath - sounds (1980–1999)

Alexander Büchel - keyboards (1981–1999)

Jan Dix - drums (1983–1985)

Pete King - drums (1986)

Jürgen Zöller - drums (1987–2014)

Mario Argandoña - percussion (1996-1997)

Jens Streifling - saxophone (1996–2002)

Sheryl Hackett - percussion (1999–2003)

Helmut Krumminga - guitar (1999–2014)

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